By Russell Edge
Former Scotland international Charlie Nicholas has predicted that Celtic will give Bayern Munich a run for their money in their Champions League clash on Tuesday.
The German giants will visit Celtic Park having convincingly seen off the Hoops 3-0 at the Allianz Arena in their last European outing, with Brendan Rodgers having witnessed his side make several defensive errors to simply hand victory to their opponents.
The result left Celtic third in the Champions League group, three points behind Bayern in second and as many points ahead of fourth place Anderlecht, who they beat in their second match.
However, with the German side missing star attackers Thomas Muller, who netted in the reverse fixture, and Robert Lewandowski through injury, Nicholas expects it to be a much closer encounter for the Hoops in front of their home fans, although he is still expecting Bayern to come out on top.
Predicting a 2-1 win for the away side, he told Sky Sports’ website: “Celtic don’t have the players to sit in and defend so the concern is, as always in Europe, that they’ll come out and get picked off.
However, Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski being ruled out is a leveller and it says it all that we’re scratching around to work out who will lead the line.
“I suspect it could be Kingsley Coman and I suspect it could be a narrow heartbreak for Celtic.”
Rodgers and his men will come into the clash off the back of a 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock in the Premiership, which extended their domestic unbeaten run to 62 games and left them one point clear of Aberdeen at the top of the league table.
In other Celtic news, Dedryck Boyata has given his verdict on Tuesday’s showdown in Glasgow.